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E1797e - Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of March 31, 2016) (2)

This report introduces status of libraries in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake between the end of February 2016 and the end of March 2016, following past Current Awareness-E report (see E1796)....

E1796e - Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of March 31, 2016) (1)

This report, along with the article that follows (see E1797), introduces status of libraries in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake between the end of February 2016 and the end of March 2016, following past Current Awareness-E report (see E1771 and others). Five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, diverse activities and efforts have been made among libraries in disaster affected regions as well as all across Japan. ...

E1795e - Impact of Kumamoto Earthquake on Libraries

Major damage has been caused by series of earthquakes that occurred between April 14 and 16, 2016 in Kumamoto Prefecture. Epicenters were Kumamoto and Aso regions, and the seismic intensity of these earthquakes were over six-lower, including two sevens. This article reports situations of libraries affected by the earthquake based on information through May 18, 2016. Please note that information has not been fully covered due to difficulties in obtaining information about regions with major damage. ...

E1708e - Workshops on Organization and Preservation of Documents, Photos, and Videos Related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

The National Diet Library (NDL) has released “NDL Great East Japan Earthquake Archive (nickname: Hinagiku)” since March 7, 2013. This portal site allows unified search of records related to the Great East Japan Earthquake, and was established based on “Seven Principles for the Reconstruction Framework” and “Basic Guidelines for Reconstruction in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.” In order to nationally collect, preserve, and release records of the Great East Japan Earthquake, NDL promotes partnerships between archives managed by other institutions and “Hinagiku” (partnered with 44 archives as of end of July 2015). NDL also provides assistance to archival activities of disaster records....

E1640e - Thinking about the Future of Libraries in Fukushima <Report>

A forum “Thinking about the Future of Libraries in Fukushima” was held at the 16th Library Fair & Forum (PACIFICO Yokohama) on November 6, 2014. In Part I titled “Libraries in Fukushima Prefecture Today (福島県における図書館の今),” the author looked back on situations from immediate aftermath of the disaster through today to create an opportunity to reconsider the role of libraries as hubs for information. Discussed were types of information that libraries needed after the disaster as well as types of information that libraries were asked for. Also discussed were efforts that libraries should make for livelihood of residents facing new phase as municipalities undergo reconstruction. In Part II titled “Libraries in Municipalities Accepting Residents of Evacuation Order Zone (避難指定区域の住民の受け入れている自治体の図書館について),” municipal governments of Aizuwakamatsu and Iwaki reported cases of assistance for evacuees. These two municipalities have accepted several residents under evacuation due to the nuclear accident. Discussed at the symposium were situations of library services and problems that emerged. ...

E1782e - Trends of Open Access (OA) in 2015 in Current Awareness-R

Among “Current Awareness-R” (CA-R) blog entries in 2015, several articles discussed the topics of digital archives (digitization), distribution of academic information, and Open Access (OA). This article will review these entries in 2015 from the perspective of OA, also a focus of “Current Awareness Portal” (CA Portal).

E1781e - What is “Research on Libraries as well as Library and Information Science”?

The National Diet Library (NDL) outsources research on libraries as well as library and information sciences (hereafter “research”) to research institutions. To broadly share the outcomes to the library society, the NDL mainly publishes reports and distributes them to prefectural libraries, municipal libraries in government-designated cities, and national libraries of foreign countries. The NDL works to diffuse the outcomes by hosting briefing sessions at “Library Fair & Forum” and the NDL. Most outcomes are also published in “Current Awareness Portal” (CA Portal) in PDF file, EPUB file, or as text data. ...

E1780e - What is “Current Awareness”? : Articles from 2011 to 2015

“Current Awareness” (CA) is a magazine that explains and reviews recent trends and topics on libraries as well as library and information science within Japan and abroad. It was first published as a working document for staff members of the National Diet Library (NDL) in August 1979. Since No. 118 published in June 1989, CA began to be distributed as a publication of Japan Library Association. Today, CA is published in a book form as well as online in CA Portal. Articles released in CA Portal are those after No. 118. Brief history of CA has been summarized in issue No.300 commemorating the 30th anniversary (published in June 2009). No. 301 (published in September 2009) analyzed articles from No. 118 to No. 300 (see CA1695). This paper reviews 130 articles published between 2011 and 2015. ...

E1779e - What is “Current Awareness-E”? : Articles from 2013 to 2015

This paper reviews articles published in an email news magazine “Current Awareness-E” (CA-E) between 2013 and 2015. ...

E1778e - What is “Current Awareness-R”? : Articles in 2015

A news blog “Current Awareness-R” (CA-R) was launched along with “Current Awareness Portal” (CA Portal) in 2006. It is a news updates in blog format that concisely summarize news on libraries as well as library and information science in Japan and abroad, in addition to related issues. CA-R is updated every weekday without an exception (2,342 entries in 2015). This article reviews entries published in 2015 and introduce the characteristics of CA-R, its position, as well as challenges. ...

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